LAURENCE Drake has been appointed managing director of DAF Trucks Ltd, succeeding Robin Easton who is promoted to the role of assistant general manager operations for Paccar Financial Corporation. Russell Patmore succeeds Laurence Drake in his current position of truck sales director. All appointments were effective from 1 September.

Laurence Drake, 44, has had a long and successful career with DAF Trucks and Paccar Financial, incorporating a wide range of management positions in sales, credit, operations and business planning, with his most recent role as sales director.

Russell Patmore, 51, has been a ‘DAF man’ for 29 years, joining the company as a graduate management trainee and has progressed through various sales roles with increasing levels of responsibility in both Paccar Financial and DAF Trucks culminating in his role as business planning director over the last two years.